Philadelphia Expunction Lawyer
Throughout our lives, we all make mistakes. Depending on its severity, being convicted of a crime can follow you around for the rest of your life and make it difficult to do basic things like finding work and applying for housing.
If you have previously been convicted of a crime and have turned your life around, you deserve a fresh start. A Philadelphia expunction lawyer in our office can work to clear your name by expunging your criminal record. The process can be fairly complex, making it in your best interest to work with a seasoned attorney.
Why Get an Expunction?
In Pennsylvania, if you do not have a felony or misdemeanor conviction on your record, you can request for your record to be expunged or sealed from the general public. This is in your best interest if you are trying to move forward with your life, apply for a new job, get a new apartment, be admitted to certain schools, and anything else that might require a background check.
Since criminal records make it difficult to do all of these things, receiving an expunction may be your only option for being treated as an ordinary citizen. A Philadelphia expunction lawyer can guide you through the process and help you achieve your fresh start.
Expunction and Summary Offenses
It is easier to receive an expunction if you were convicted of a summary offense. This is an offense where you were declared guilty by a trial conducted before a judge rather than a jury.
You may have been required to complete a special program after your conviction. Once that is done and you have avoided all criminal activity for five years, you can request an expungement of the conviction.
In some circumstances, misdemeanors may also be expunged from your criminal record. To be eligible, the misdemeanor would typically need to have been committed when you were younger than twenty-five years old, and you cannot have been arrested or convicted in the following seven to ten years.
However, some misdemeanors are not eligible for expunction even under these circumstances. For example, if you were convicted of sexual assault, weapons crime, sex crime, or cruelty to animals, you do not qualify for an expunction.
Expunction for Age
Getting older does come with some benefits. Once you reach seventy years of age, you can petition for your criminal record to be expunged.
If for some reason, you do not qualify for an expungement in the state of Pennsylvania, you could always apply for a pardon. The pardon needs to be submitted to the governor’s office for consideration and approval.
If you receive a pardon, you are very fortunate as you will then be legally able to say you were never convicted of a crime.
Work with a Philadelphia Expunction Lawyer
There are set guidelines in place along with rules that must be followed in order for your record to be expunged. You can find out how they relate to your particular case by calling our office and scheduling a consultation with a Philadelphia expunction lawyer.
Given the complex nature of expunging a criminal record, it is in your best interest to call Young, Marr & Associates at (215) 701-6519 and begin the process with help from an experienced attorney.
NO JAIL TIME
Commonwealth v. "H" (DUI case)
Client was charged with three separate DUI cases calling for mandatory minimum imprisonment of 90 days on each case. Client was advised to seek immediate intensive alcohol counseling. Client was sentenced to 1 year of house arrest after serving 3 days in the county prison.
Commonwealth v. "C" (Felony drug/Firearms case)
Client was charged with felony Delivery of drugs and illegal gun possession and was facing a mandatory 3-6 year prison sentence in the State prison system. Client was sentenced to one year of house arrest.
Commonwealth v. "S"
Client was charged with simple assault, domestic. After a hearing where evidence and testimony was presented, the entire case was dismissed by Judge Leonard Brown.
State of New Jersey v. "H"
Charges for young man charged with second degree aggravated assault were downgraded to third degree and he was accepted into the County Pretrial Intervention program with charges to be dismissed and record expunged after one year of misconduct free behavior.
OUR CRIMINAL DEFENSE TEAM INCLUDES TWO FORMER DISTRICT ATTORNEYS
We have decades of experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors, and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Anyone facing charges involving a criminal offense can expect to experience a heightened degree of emotional turmoil, for themselves, as well as their family members. Our team of highly qualified criminal law attorneys and expert legal support staff are committed to providing each of our client’s with the compassion and understanding they deserve, as well as an aggressive plan for representation at an affordable price.
As former prosecutors, we have a balanced and in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system and how the prosecution prepares cases. In addition, we have long-standing experience dealing with local police departments, prosecutors and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
At Young, Marr and Associates, when we say “experience matters,” we mean it. Our lawyers, which include two former prosecutors and a former senior deputy district attorney bring more than three decades of criminal law experience, handling more than 10,000 criminal cases. It is precisely that experience that allows us to achieve outstanding results for our clients facing DUI, traffic, felony and misdemeanor charges in state, federal and juvenile courts.